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The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle which takes place every year at the Cheltenham Festival in March. Open to horses aged four years only, the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is run over a distance of about 2 miles and half a furlong (2 miles and 87 yards), and there is a total of 8 hurdles to be jumped.

4:15 Tue 16 Mar BOODLES JUVENILE HURDLE

Distance: 16f 87y Age: 4yo O Prize: £60,000 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

Paul Nicholls has won this 3 times with French recruits and a fourth such success could be on the way courtesy of HOUX GRIS, who shaped better than the result when a well-held third pitched into a Grade 1 on his yard debut and has presumably been saved for this since. Homme Public pushed the selection close on his final run in France and heads the many dangers along with Coltor and Busselton.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
1
jockey silks 1. NASSALAM (FR)
J: Jamie Moore
T: Gary Moore
4
11-10
* * *
* * *
French recruit who started out for new yard with easy wins at Fontwell. Has confirmed himself a useful juvenile when second in stronger company since, finishing in front of Houx Gris at Chepstow.
2
jockey silks 2. YOUMDOR (FR)
J: B. J. Cooper
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
4
11-10
* * *
* * *
Looked a good prospect when winning on hurdling debut at Gowran. Upsides and going best when falling last at Fairyhouse next time and can't have been right when distant fourth at Leopardstown since.
3
jockey silks 3. SAINT SAM (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
4
11-8
* * * *
* * * *
Dual winner in France who posted a very useful effort when chasing home Quilixios in Grade 1 at Leopardstown last month. Hooded first time. Big weight but still much respected.
4
jockey silks 4. CABOT CLIFFS (IRE)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
4
11-6
* * *
* * *
Not quite up to listed/Graded level in autumn but has resumed his progression with 2 wins from the front at Warwick last month. Should be capable of making an impact from his mark.
5
jockey silks 5. DRUID'S ALTAR (IRE)
J: H. Morgan
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
4
11-4
* * *
* * *
Fairly useful winner on Flat and landed a second success over hurdles in 2m Naas novice (soft) last month. Handicap debut for stable which knows what it takes to win this.
6
jockey silks 6. BUSSELTON (FR)
J: J. J. Slevin
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
4
11-4
* * * *
* * * *
Listed winner over hurdles in France who has run to a useful level when placed in pair of Grade 1s at Leopardstown since transferring to Joseph O'Brien. Cheekpieces added. Yard won this in 2019.
7
jockey silks 7. RIVIERE D'ETEL (FR)
J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
4
11-3
* * * *
* * * *
Second on hurdle debut in France before landing short odds for new connections at Punchestown (2m, heavy) in December. Only third at Navan since but retains potential now moving into a handicap.
8
jockey silks 8. BALKO SAINT (FR)
J: Chester Williams
T: Mrs Jane Williams
4
11-3
* * *
* * *
French-bred gelding who is progressing nicely, building on his C&D Grade 2 third in December when landing Wincanton novice 13 days ago. Carries a 5 lb penalty for that.
9
jockey silks 9. LONGCLAW (USA)
J: S. D. Torrens
T: John McConnell, Ireland
4
11-1
* *
* *
Successful on first 3 starts over hurdles. Winning run came to a halt in listed Wensleydale at Wetherby in October and absent since ahead of first run for new yard after leaving Gordon Elliott.
10
jockey silks 10. HELL RED (FR)
J: Bryony Frost
T: Paul Nicholls
4
11-0
* * *
* * *
Second at Auteuil (for Guillaume Macaire) and easily went one better at Chepstow in October. Two runs since have been disappointing but too soon to write off for yard traditionally strong in this.
11
jockey silks 11. GLORIOUS ZOFF (IRE)
J: Keith Donoghue
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
4
11-0
* * *
* * *
Looked a natural hurdler as he made a winning start at Sligo in October. Backward step when remote third in Doncaster Grade 2 in December but subsequent Flat win suggest he's back in better form.
12
jockey silks 12. ZOFFANIEN (IRE)
J: Richard Johnson
T: Denis Hogan, Ireland
4
10-13
* * *
* * *
Came good at the fifth time of asking over hurdles when readily seeing off 8 rivals in 2m Naas handicap 16 days ago. This a good bit harder but he appears to be going the right way.
13
jockey silks 13. HOUX GRIS (FR)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
4
10-11
* * * * *
* * * * *
Cost €200,000 after edging out Homme Public at Auteuil. Better than distance beaten suggests when 22½ lengths third to Adagio in Finale on British debut, fading after mistake 2 out. Very interesting.
14
jockey silks 14. SOLDIER ON PARADE
J: Jack Quinlan
T: Amy Murphy
4
10-11
* *
* *
Front runner who completed a hat-trick at Market Rasen in early part of season but has found listed/Graded events well beyond him on last 2 hurdle starts. Visor replaces cheekpieces. Others preferred.
15
jockey silks 15. COLTOR (IRE)
J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
T: D. K. Weld, Ireland
4
10-10
* * * *
* * * *
Fairly useful on Flat and quickly reached similar level over hurdles, bouncing back from disappointing run at Punchestown to win in big field at Naas. Visor he's won in on the Flat now added. Player.
16
jockey silks 16. HER INDOORS (IRE)
J: A. P. Heskin
T: Alan King
4
10-10
* * *
* * *
Fairly useful Flat winner who has made a positive start over hurdles, runner-up twice before taking Doncaster listed in January. Yet another who can't be discounted.
17
jockey silks 17. SAGE ADVICE (IRE)
J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Dr Richard Newland
4
10-10
* * *
* * *
Flat winner in Ireland who looked a useful recruit to hurdles when scoring at Kempton in January. Good second at Warwick next time and possibly unsuited by heavy when last of 3 at Fontwell since.
18
jockey silks 18. TINNAHALLA (IRE)
J: Non Runner
T: Olly Murphy
4
10-9
Showed plenty of ability on the Flat for Jamie Osborne and going the right way over hurdles, second to Sage Advice before accounting for Homme Public at Catterick. Respected. NON RUNNER.
19
jockey silks 19. BURGUNDY MAN (FR)
J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Venetia Williams
4
10-8
* *
* *
Encouraging second on Fontainebleau hurdle debut in October but well held on his completed start there since. Has subsequently switched to Venetia Williams.
20
jockey silks 20. HOMME PUBLIC (FR)
J: Henry Brooke
T: Oliver Greenall
4
10-8
* * * *
* * * *
Edged out by Houx Gris on final outing in France and has made a promising start in Britain, second to Tinnahalla at Catterick before readily going one better at Market Rasen. Needs considering.
21
jockey silks 21. JEFF KIDDER (IRE)
J: Sean Flanagan
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
4
10-8
* *
* *
Fair Flat winner. 6/5, confirmed previous encouragement in this sphere when winning at Fairyhouse (2m, heavy) in November. Out of depth in Grade 1 since but more chance now handicapping.
22
jockey silks 22. ELHAM VALLEY (FR)
J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O'Brien
4
10-7
* * *
* * *
Fairly useful on Flat and made successful hurdling debut at Sandown. Disappointing in good company at Chepstow and Haydock since but not handicapped out of it if bouncing back to his winning form.
23
jockey silks 23. CURIOUS BRIDE (IRE)
J: Denis O'Regan
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
4
10-6
* *
* *
Confirmed promise of hurdle debut second when seeing off 19 rivals at Punchestown in January but never going in 21f Navan listed since. Blinkers/tongue tie she's won in on Flat now added.

Betting Forecast : 15/2 7.5 HOUX GRIS, 9/1 9 SAINT SAM, 10/1 10 RIVIERE D'etel, 11/1 11 COLTOR, 12/1 12 CABOT CLIFFS, 12/1 12 BUSSELTON, 14/1 14 NASSALAM, 20/1 20 ZOFFANIEN, 22/1 22 SAGE ADVICE, 22/1 22 HELL RED, 25/1 25 GLORIOUS ZOFF, 25/1 25 YOUMDOR, 25/1 25 DRUID's ALTAR, 28/1 28 HER INDOORS, 28/1 28 BALKO SAINT, 33/1 33 HOMME PUBLIC, 40/1 40 CURIOUS BRIDE, 50/1 50 LONGCLAW, 50/1 50 JEFF KIDDER, 66/1 66 ELHAM VALLEY, 66/1 66 SOLDIER ON PARADE, 100/1 100 BURGUNDY MAN, 499/1 499 CAN't STOP NOW

The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is a handicap for novices, and is named in the memory of successful National Hunt trainer Fred Winter, who died in 2004.

The Boodles Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle was one of several new races introduced when the Cheltenham Festival was extended to four days in 2005.

It was originally classed as a listed race, but was promoted to Grade 3 level in 2009.

Fred Winter was a four-time National Hunt Champion Jockey and eight-time National Hunt Champion Trainer, and is the only person to have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Grand National as both a jockey and trainer.

Fred Winter won the Grand National four times in total, twice as a jockey in 1957 and 1962, and twice as a trainer in 1965 and 1966.

Fred Winter’s most famous victory as a jockey came aboard Mandarin in the 1962 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at Auteuil, winning the race despite illness, a broken bit and Mandarin breaking down in the last half-mile.

Often a big-field, competitive affair, it usually takes a well-handicapped sort to win the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, and in 2016 Diego du Charmil proved himself just that, landing some nice ante-post wagers in the process.

It was his first start in Britain having had three runs in his native France beforehand, and after traveling best throughout, he only just got home in front of his stablemate Romain de Senam .

In fact, he was rather lucky to win, with the runner-up and the third both making costly mistakes from two out.

That race was one of the stronger renewals of the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, with Diego du Charmil having won a Grade 1 over fences since, and the third home Coo Star Sivola winning the Close Brothers Handicap Chase at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

The most successful Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle trainer is Paul Nicholls, who has won the race three times, with: Sanctuaire (2010), Qualando (2015) and Diego du Charmil (2016). The 2019 renewal was won in easy fashion by the Joseph O’Brien-trained Band of Outlaws, who was completing a hat-trick of wins.

Unlike many other Cheltenham Festival races, there has been no jockey who has won the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle more than once, which in a way pays testament to the competitiveness of the race.

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Boodles Juvenile Hurdle 2022 FAQs

What is the distance of the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle?

2 miles and 87 yards

How many obstacles are jumped in the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle?

8

What day of the festival is the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle?

Day 2

What time is the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle?

16:50

What weights are carried for the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle?

Top weight – 11st 10lbs down to the bottom weight – 10st

What is the purse for the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle?

£80,000 (2019)

Who is the leading jockey in the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle?

No jockey has won the race more than once

Who is the leading trainer in the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle?

Paul Nicholls

Who won the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle?

You can check out our Boodles Juvenile Hurdle results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle?

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